Marriage Equality

BREAKING: Tony Abbott Ousted As Australian Prime Minister, Replaced By Longtime Marriage Equality Supporter Malcolm Turnbull [VIDEO]

Huge news from the Sydney Morning Herald: Malcolm Turnbull will become Australia’s 29th prime minister after beating Tony Abbott in a dramatic leadership ballot in Canberra on Monday night. Mr Turnbull’s victory is reminiscent of the coup former prime minister Julia Gillard staged against Kevin Rudd in 2010 and makes the former communications minister Australia’s fifth prime minister in just …

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BREAKING: Kim Davis Vows To Continue Defying Court, Won’t Stop Deputies From Issuing Licenses UPDATE: Deputy Brian Mason To Issue Licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis this morning held a press conference in which she declared that she will continue to defy the Supreme Court, but that if any of her deputy clerks wish to issue marriage licenses, she will take no action against them. UPDATE: Deputy Clerk Brian Mason says he will issue licenses anyway. VIDEO: Here’s her statement.

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TEXAS: 2500 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In First Ten Weeks After Obergefell Ruling

The Associated Press reports: Texas has issued an estimated 2,500 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the practice was legalized, nearly 6 percent off all marriage licenses statewide, according to state estimates. Although applications no longer include gender identifiers, officials base the estimate on “what we can assume from the applicants’ names,” Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of …

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What Will Kim Davis Do Today?

A handful of nutjobs and a flotilla of national media are outside the Rowan County Courthouse this morning to see what Kim Davis will do on her first day at work after spending six days in jail for contempt of court. No sign of the Oath Keepers so far.

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Miss America Contestants Go Left On Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood, & Donald Trump [VIDEO]

While Miss South Carolina dropped the ball on gun control, three other Miss America contestants from southern states may have pissed off their hometown audiences last night when they gave progressive responses during the pageant’s famed/infamous Q&A session. Miss Tennessee said she opposes cutting off any funding for Planned Parenthood, Miss Alabama declared that if she were a Republican, she …

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HRC’s Sarah Warbelow Vs Mat Staver [VIDEO]

Hate group leader and alleged kidnapping co-conspirator Mat Staver appeared on C-SPAN this morning to battle Human Rights Campaign legal director Sarah Warbelow about the Kim Davis case. Staver: “Kim Davis is a lovely individual. She has a lot of courage.” Stick around for the callers.

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New York Times Editorial Board: The GOP’s Anti-Gay Bigotry Threatens The First Amendment

The New York Times editorial board has issued a blistering denouncement of the laughably named First Amendment Defense Act.  They write: This past June, in the heat of their outrage over gay rights, congressional Republicans revived a nasty bit of business they call the First Amendment Defense Act. It would do many things, but one thing it would not do …

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OHIO: Lawyers For Jim Obergefell Hit State With Demand For $1.1 Million In Legal Fees

And they might get a lot more than that. The Associated Press reports: Attorneys who brought the Ohio lawsuit that led to a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage want a judge to approve their request for more than $1 million in legal fees and expenses from the state. The attorneys say the request is reasonable because of the difficulty …

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Bill Maher: Kim Davis = Christian Sharia [VIDEO]

Last night Bill Maher declared that Kim Davis “and her ilk” want nothing short of a Christian version of Sharia law. But it was Salman Rushdie, who joked that he has a “small area of knowledge” with religious bigotry, who had the best lines. Rushdie: “It is a classic trope of the religious bigot that while they are denying people …

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NOM Chairman John Eastman: Let’s Hope Kim Davis Ignites National Revolt Against “Lawless” Gay Marriage

“Ms. Davis was much more faithful to her oath of office, and to the Constitution she vowed to support, than the federal judge who jailed her for contempt, the attorney general of the state who refused to defend Kentucky’s laws, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who usurped the authority of the states and the more than 50 million voters who had …

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Kim Davis Loses Yet Again

Just another little item for her to stew on over the weekend. Equality Case Files has the latest smackdown from Judge David Bunning: In her Motion, Davis suggests that the Court could easily stem the tide of litigation by simply ordering Governor Beshear and Commissioner Onkst to remove her name and authorization from the marriage license form. While this is …

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Oath Keepers: The Liberty Counsel Doesn’t Want Us And We Won’t Be “Defending” Kim Davis From Rearrest

The heavily-armed Oath Keepers militia tonight announced that upon the request of the Liberty Counsel, as an organization they will not be defending Kim Davis from a potential rearrest by federal marshals. However, if any individual Oath Keepers want to show up anyway, Oath Keepers wish they wouldn’t, but that’s up to them. From a statement published on their website: …

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Hometown Of Kim Davis Gets New Billboard

The Huffington Post reports: Anti-gay marriage clerk Kim Davis is about to get a rude awakening in her hometown. Non-profit organization Planting Peace just erected the above billboard in Davis’ hometown of Morehead, Kentucky. The message is plain and simple — if Davis is going to use Biblical rhetoric to justify her opposition to same-sex marriage, she might want to …

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Mat Staver: I Don’t Know What Kim Davis Will Do On Monday, But She Won’t Surrender [VIDEO]

Megyn Kelly has hosted hate group leader Mat Staver for the umpteenth time so that he could declare that while he doesn’t know what Kim Davis will do when she gets to work on Monday, he knows that she’ll never resign and never “surrender her Christian faith.” Legal observers believe that if Davis attempts to interfere with her deputy clerks, …

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Meet Aaron Schock’s Anti-Gay Replacement In Congress

Illinois GOP state Sen. Darin LaHood, who fought against same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, has won the special election to replace disgraced and totally-not-gay former US Rep. Aaron Schock. The Associated Press reports: LaHood, easily won a special election Thursday to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, sending a familiar name to Washington from Illinois. The younger LaHood’s victory brings …

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NORTH CAROLINA: All Magistrates In McDowell County Refuse To Officiate At Any Marriages

Back in May, the GOP-dominated state legislature of North Carolina passed a law which allows magistrates to opt out of performing all marriages as long as someone else is available to perform those duties. That’s not working out so well for McDowell County. Newsweek reports: Officials in McDowell County in North Carolina are being forced to ship in magistrates from …

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KENTUCKY: Heavily Armed “Christian Patriot” Militia Vows To Stop Future Arrests Of Kim Davis [AUDIO]

The Oath Keepers, the heavily armed and self-described “Christian patriot” militia who recently appeared in Ferguson, Missouri to “help” the police quell civil unrest, will be on the other side of the law in Kentucky where they have vowed to prevent federal marshals from ever arresting Kim Davis again. Right Wing Watch reports: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes announced yesterday …

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KENTUCKY: Rowan County Deputy Clerk Says He’ll Defy Kim Davis If She Forbids Him From Issuing Licenses

Dominic Holden breaks the story at Buzzfeed: Brian Mason, a deputy for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday that he would issue marriage licenses even if Davis instructs him not to when she returns to the office. “I would issue licenses,” Mason told BuzzFeed News. Asked to confirm he would issue licenses even if Davis says …

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No Kim Davis Showdown Today

Those of you predicting the immediate rearrest of Kim Davis will have to wait until at least Friday, as she is taking a couple of Personal Jesus days. In the meantime there’s a flotilla of national press milling around rural Kentucky with nothing to do for at least 48 hours.

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Ben Carson To Congress: Protect Kim Davis [VIDEO]

The Christian Post reports: Ben Carson modified his position on Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and now says the government has a responsibility to accommodate her religious beliefs. Carson, a longtime advocate for traditional marriage, said that Kim Davis’ beliefs should be protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees the …

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